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‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ by Maggie O’Farrell

Instructions for a Heatwave

I was very kindly sent an advance review copy of ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ by Georgina Moore from Headline Book Publishing.  This is the first book I’ve read by Maggie O’Farrell so it was yet another new and welcome experience for me.  ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ was published by Tinder Press on 28th February 2013 in hardback and as an ebook.

They say strange weather brings out strange behaviour.  Well, in July 1976 this is exactly what happened.  The story starts off in Highbury, London.  Britain as a whole is in the middle of a heatwave and a severe drought warning is in force.  It hasn’t rained at all for months!  In the first chapter we learn about Robert Riordan and his wife, Gretta.  Robert goes out early in the morning as he usually does to buy a newspaper.  However, this time he fails to return home.

Once Gretta realises that her husband has gone missing she gets in touch with their three adult children.  Michael Francis whose marriage is in trouble and his two estranged sisters Monica and Aoife all come together to help search for their father.  But will they find him?  Does he even want to be found?

This was an enjoyable read, though I personally thought it was a little bit slow at times.  Maggie O’Farrell writes beautifully and has really portrayed her characters well to the point where you feel you know them for real.  When I first started reading this book I thought it would purely be about searching for Robert, but it’s not.  It’s about his family and their lives as well.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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  1. Lisa Jewell recommended her books to me and at the start of the year I read ‘ The Hand That First Held Mine’ and found it quite hard to get into, but then it had me utterly gripped. Was so glad I read it! I now have two others waiting to be read..

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